History

1962

The first Bursa Festival was realized in September 7, 1962 with the initiative of the Association of Bursa Tourism and Promotion. The first name of the festival was “Bursa and Horse Riding Festival” and the first international guest group was from Israel.

1963

Since 1963 the festival has been carried out from the 7th to 12th of July

1982

The Festival was organized by the Bursa Metropolitan Municipality and continued to be done so.

1984

A permanent festival committee was formed.

1985

New activities took place along with folk dances. Development of infrastructure and stage facilities paved the way for performing arts such as concerts, opera, ballet, modern dance and musical theatre.

1987

After infrastructural improvements, local governments decided to carry out and promote folk dance festival under a new identity and named it “International Golden Karagöz Folk Dance Competition.”

1988

Bursa Culture, Art and Tourism Foundation (BCATF) was established.

1989

Bursa became a member of IOV-WORLD International Organization of Folk Art.

1990

Festival date was changed and has been carried out from June 12 to July 12.

1991

Worldwide known stars began taking stage at the festival and the Foundation has begun carrying out its activities throughout the whole year.

1995

BCATF Theatre was founded.

In order to succeed with its own resources and to continue serving public interest, 2.081,58 m sized land in Ataevler neighborhood was bought from the Municipality for the foundation with the decision of Bursa Metropolitan Municipality Council.

1996

The foundation began carrying out a series of festivals and activities: European Films, Kids and Youth Theatres, Karagöz Puppet and Shadow Play Festival, Literature Days.

Bursa Symphony Orchestra was founded with collaboration between the foundation and Uludağ University.

1998

Bursa Metropolitan Municipality Library and Karagöz Art House began carrying out their services and all their income and expenses have been collected in the foundation.

1999

Bursa Symphony Orchestra joined in Ministry of Culture of Turkish Republic and following this its name changed to Bursa Region State Symphony Orchestra.

2004

In order to increase quality of folk dance groups participating in Golden Karagöz Folk Dance Competition, the event was turned into a “cash prize contest.”

Until 2004, the president of the foundation either Governor of Bursa, or Mayor of Bursa or President of the Foundation. However, in accordance with the change in the Foundation’s formal deed in Law of Foundations, abovementioned persons’ titles were removed and president of the foundation and the general assembly began to be chosen among members of General Assembly.

2006

BCATF Theatre Society joined to Bursa Metropolitan Municipality and Bursa City Theaters was established.

BCATF Karagöz Folk Dance Society was transferred to Bursa Metropolitan Municipality.

2007

Karagöz Art House joined to Bursa Metropolitan Municipality and was turned into a museum.

2008

The foundation joined to European Festivals Association (EFA).

2010

Trademark registrations for International Golden Karagöz Folk Dance Contest, Street Games Festival, International Bursa Festival, International Bursa Kids and Youth Theatres Festival were executed.

In order to turn the foundation’s land into an income generator asset, rough construction of the building began.

First time in its history, an “Honorary Award” for those who worked for development of the foundation and a “Sponsorship Award” for supporters of the festival were presented. Following this year, these two awards are being presented every year.

2011

To celebrate the 50th year of the Bursa Festival, the foundation invited world stars to Bursa and organized its first international level stadium concert with Ricky Martin.

The foundation designed and produced souvenirs which contributed promotion of Bursa. These designs were registered to Turk Patent Institute (TPI). These souvenirs were put up for sale at the festival for the first time.

2012

A branch was opened at Korupark Mall as souvenir sales stand.

Trademark registration for International Bursa Karagöz Puppet and Shadow Play Festival was completed.

2013

Construction of the school completed and transferred to 22nd Century Education institutions with a bid-lease. Bursa gained a new school.

2014

For the first time in the history of Golden Karagöz Folk Dance Competition, participant countries opened their stands through which they exhibited objects that represent their cultures.

A new project for constructing an Open Air Theatre with a capacity of 5050 people + 105 VIP due to ending active service contract of current 3500 capacity Open Air Theatre.

2015

The new Open Air Theatre project, which was inspired from silkworm pod, was introduced to the public with participation of the Mayor of Bursa.

In October 2015, the new Open Air Theatre project won 1st place in “The Best Activity Architecture” at European Property Awards in England.

The foundation have begun carrying out activities for the interest of the public, in order to deserve the status of foundation for public interest.

BCATF Kids and Youth Club was established.

For the first time in its history, Kids and Youth Theatre Club and Karagoz Puppet and Shadow Play Festivals covered 17 towns/cities of Bursa province. The foundation achieved a success in Turkey by facilitating number of stages used for these activities.

In order to increase quality of participating countries’ folk dance groups and the activities of Golden Karagoz Folk Dance Festival, the foundation contacted embassies.

Trademark registration for Karagoz Folk Dance Group was completed.

With the purpose of executing sustainable policies, Quality Manual Book was prepared following ISO 9001 Quality Management System.

2016

A 3 year HIBE/DONATION contract has been signed with Governorship of Bursa to join «Ingenium Festa» supported by European Union.

Our Foundation and the Andong Festival Tourism Foundation (AFTF) signed a mutual cooperation protocol for festivals.

The competition was held for the first time in 17 districts of Bursa.

In order to contribute to the promotion and tourism of Bursa, Exhibition of Bursa at Rome was held at the Gallery of Turkish Embassy in Rome.

Itinerant art workshops, which were named “Art Is Everywhere” organized by BKSTV Children's and Youth Club throughout the year.

2017

ISO 9001: 2008 QMS certification was obtained from TSE on January 2017.

"Children's Theater Laborer and Honorary Awards" started to be given to people who have made a significant contribution for the children's theater,